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    Default Standard Or Lowerd Whats Your Gap?

    A lot of threads for lowering verses Standard spring/shocks set ups are always appearing. So why don't we build up a data base of ride heights for example mine would be.


    2.2DTI Preface Signum Design.
    Eibach pro kit E10-65-011-01-22 On Design shocks.
    Axel weights of 1105 front and 1080 rear
    Measurement from center of wheel to wheel arch = 340mm/345mm
    Ride is firm and very smooth running on 18s.

    This would help people wanting to change any given suspension set up. I would also give clear info on the different types/brands of spring verses variant of car.
    what do you think?

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    measuring from the centre of the wheel is too slap dash unless you've got a tool to centr it exactly- hence your 340mm/345 measurement. Measuring from the ground on a flat ish surface is more accurate- or from the ground to where the sill meets the wheel arch........
    just my opinion- I'll add mine tomorrow though :-)

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    Measuring from the ground would be even more inaccurate due to tyre pressures adding or taking a bit of height away, I'd say measuring from the centre of the wheel should be easy enough for 99.9% of people

    If you want it super accurate with just a tape measure and a pen, measure across the alloy wheel only, mark the centre on the middle of the wheel, do this again 120 degrees out from the first measurement, then a third time another 120 degrees round and bingo !, you have an exact centre to measure from !

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLOB View Post
    measuring from the centre of the wheel is too slap dash unless you've got a tool to centr it exactly- hence your 340mm/345 measurement. Measuring from the ground on a flat ish surface is more accurate- or from the ground to where the sill meets the wheel arch........
    just my opinion- I'll add mine tomorrow though :-)
    If you measure from the ground up then wheel diameter comes into play. What I would like to see is the measurement from the center of the wheel/hub directly straight up to the wheel arch which gives the gap that the suspension spring and shock create thus giving the stance of the car. IE how evenly the springs sit/settles front to rear, what is the drop from a standard set up on each given set-up variation. Elite, Design, Sri, Elegance, Gsi and so on across the range.
    I'm sure people can take a reasonably accurate measurement from the center of a wheel center cap to the arch! It could only be out a couple of mm tops. each car will have a slightly different reading anyway even on the same setup.
    a standard car with new springs and shocks may sit a couple of mill higher than an identical car with old suspension components.

    Quote Originally Posted by trimble View Post
    Measuring from the ground would be even more inaccurate due to tyre pressures adding or taking a bit of height away, I'd say measuring from the centre of the wheel should be easy enough for 99.9% of people

    If you want it super accurate with just a tape measure and a pen, measure across the alloy wheel only, mark the centre on the middle of the wheel, do this again 120 degrees out from the first measurement, then a third time another 120 degrees round and bingo !, you have an exact centre to measure from !
    I'm not so sure people will go so in-depth as this however the more accurate the better.

    Mine is 340mm front 345mm rear = 340mm/345mm on 18s. Wheel size should be irrelevant other than for the ride quality.

    Thanks gents,
    It would be intresting to see the difference after gathering the data from the standard factory measurements to the various different after market set ups available. when the info is compiled it can be used to help others choose what set up they would prefer.

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    lol- I'm out

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    Standard til I have the money
    sitting front 385mm rear 380mm on 19"
    AirBox Mod-Angel Eye head lights-HID 5000k-Colour coded grill-GID to CID-Auto Dim rear view Mirror, Rear Parking Sensors, Signum Fog surrounds, 19" Audi A5 rep Alloys, Eibach 30mm Pro-kit Lowering Springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niall83 View Post
    Standard til I have the money
    sitting front 385mm rear 380mm on 19"
    That seems high mate. What model do you have?

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    It is high since i put the 19" on, I've an exclusive.
    AirBox Mod-Angel Eye head lights-HID 5000k-Colour coded grill-GID to CID-Auto Dim rear view Mirror, Rear Parking Sensors, Signum Fog surrounds, 19" Audi A5 rep Alloys, Eibach 30mm Pro-kit Lowering Springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niall83 View Post
    It is high since i put the 19" on, I've an exclusive.
    The gap from the center of your wheel to the top of the arch won't change with the wheel size.

    This gap is determined by the spring and shock set up along with the axle weight.

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    2.2i Direct petrol SRi Vec C facelift
    Eibach pro kit E10-65-007-01-22 on stock SRi shocks
    Axle weights of 990 front and 985 rear
    Measurement from center of wheel to wheel arch = 355mm @ front / 345mm @ rear
    Ride is firm and very smooth, handling is very good, running on 17's.

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